A Few Bumps in the Road

Today was supposed to be my start date for the PCT, instead, I’m sitting at home doing physical therapy drills.

Needless to Say, Things Have Not Gone According to Plan

These past few weeks have been some of the more tumultuous I have had in my life. A weird hip injury I got weeks ago morphed from one thing into the next. I kept hoping it would get better for my start date, but then the days continued on with it only getting incrementally better.

My time home was supposed to be restful time spent with family and enjoying my last few days preparing for the pct before I fly out to San Diego. instead, I have cried more than I think I ever have in such a short time and gone through the rollercoaster questioning if this hike is even happening.

Could I have started today? Probably. Would I have gotten off in a week from this injury flaring up again? Almost definitely. While I know there will likely be a point in this hike where my body breaks down, I would rather that not be starting day 1.

And so I’m going to rest. And I’m going to start this trail miles north when my body has healed. I’ll make up the miles next spring, but I need to take care of myself right now.

Shit happens, it sucks, it really f***ing sucks, but I know there’s a reason for this. My body is asking for rest, so this is what I’ll give it. Just because you dream about something for 7 years of your life doesn’t mean it’ll happen according to plan. Life gets in the way sometimes, and while this feels like the end of the world right now I know it will work itself out. This will not stop me, and until then, happy trails to all those starting this adventure today and any day before or after this!

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Comments 1

  • Thomas : May 18th

    Sydney, I can relate. I was going to climb all summer in Colorado but one of my family members is going to have surgery. Plans change, but don’t let go of your dream..it can happen. You’re wise to start healthier. Hip, knee or foot pain can end a thruhike. Be well and hang in there.


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